The match is scheduled for Saturday, 21 October, at the BRSABVE Cricket Stadium in Lucknow.
The Netherlands, after a couple of initial setbacks in the World Cup, bounced back with a surprising victory over the formidable South African team. This win showcased their potential, reminiscent of their performance in the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Qualifier in Zimbabwe.
Scott Edwards’ impressive half-century, along with valuable contributions from Roelof van der Merwe and Aryan Dutt, bolstered their batting line-up. The bowling department also performed well, with four bowlers claiming at least two wickets each.
Meanwhile, Sri Lanka’s journey in the tournament has been fraught with challenges. Their injury woes deepened with captain Dasun Shanaka being ruled out due to a quadriceps tear. They suffered a heavy defeat against South Africa, and despite a strong batting performance, failed to defend their total against Pakistan. Their struggle continued against Australia, losing the match with 15 overs to spare.
For Sri Lanka, the upcoming match against the Netherlands presents an opportunity to turn their fortunes around.
Netherlands Squad: Scott Edwards (c), Max O’Dowd, Bas de Leede, Vikram Singh, Teja Nidamanuru, Paul van Meekeren, Colin Ackermann, Roelof van der Merwe, Logan van Beek, Aryan Dutt, Ryan Klein, Wesley Barresi, Saqib Zulfiqar, Shariz Ahmad, Sybrand Engelbrecht.
Sri Lanka Squad: Kusal Mendis (c), Kusal Perera, Pathum Nissanka, Lahiru Kumara, Dimuth Karunaratne, Sadeera Samarawickrama, Charith Asalanka, Dhananjaya de Silva, Maheesh Theekshana, Dunith Wellalage, Kasun Rajitha, Matheesha Pathirana, Dilshan Madushanka, Dushan Hemantha, Chamika Karunaratne
Players to Watch
Netherlands – Aryan Dutt
Aryan Dutt’s performance in the match against South Africa was noteworthy. His quickfire 23* off just nine balls provided the much-needed impetus towards the end. His economical bowling also played a crucial role in the team’s victory.
Dutt’s ability to consistently bowl at a good length can pose a challenge for the opposition. His early breakthroughs could be key to the Netherlands’ success in Lucknow.
Sri Lanka – Dilshan Madushanka
Dilshan Madushanka was the standout performer for Sri Lanka in their match against Australia. He claimed the prized wickets of David Warner and Steve Smith in a double-wicket maiden over.
Madushanka, the leading wicket-taker for Sri Lanka in the tournament, has been their most effective bowler. His ability to extract movement off the pitch with the new ball could be vital against the Dutch.